Organised by the Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC), the vigil was supported by a few other progressive groups, including Fraser Valley Peace Council, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, Indo Canadian Workers’ Association and Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation.
A moment of silence was also held in memory of those who were killed by the religious fanatics during the partition.
Among the speakers was the former MLA Jagrup Brar, whose father Kaka Singh had risked his life by trying to save Muslims during the violence of 1947. Others who spoke on the occasion included the two New Democratic MPs, Jinny Sims and Jasbir Sandhu.
From among the prominent activists, who addressed the gathering were Shaihzad Nazir Khan of the CPPC, former Coop Radio host and a community activist Imtiaz Popat, the Indo Canadian Workers’ Association leader Kulwant Dhesi and the Rationalist Society of Canada President Avtar Gill.
Others present on the occasion were Chetna Association leader Jai Birdi, Khalsa Diwan Society Vice President Major Singh Sidhu and Surrey Hindu Temple leader Vinay Sharma.